Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board oversees strategic and organizational policymaking by the Board of Management and the way in which it manages and directs the operations of the company and affiliated/associated companies.

Members of the Supervisory Board are appointed by the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders upon binding nomination by the Supervisory Board. The nominees must fit within the profile of the Supervisory Board. The General Meeting of Shareholders and the Central Works Council can make a recommendation.

Members of the Supervisory Board resign according to a schedule set by the Supervisory Board. They step down at the first General Meeting of Shareholders following their four-year term of office.

The by-laws of the Supervisory Board contain, among other things, rules regarding the members’ duties, powers, working methods, decision-making, approval of decisions by the Board of Management, training and conflict handling.

Four committees assist the Supervisory Board:

These committees assist the Supervisory Board in its decision taking and report their findings to the Supervisory Board. The committees are not empowered to take decisions.

The by-laws and profile of the Supervisory Board were revised in 2008.


D.W. (Duco) Sickinghe (1958)

Mr. Sickinghe was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board on April 9, 2014, and has chaired the Supervisory Board since April 15, 2015. His current (first) term of office ends in 2018. He is chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Strategy & Organization Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Mr. Sickinghe is Managing Director of Fortino Capital (Belgium). He furthermore is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Van Eeghen & Co (the Netherlands), member of the Board of uniBreda (Belgium) and member of the board of Guberna (Belgium).

Mr Sickinghe was previously Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Telenet N.V. (Belgium) in the period 2001-2013. Prior to that, he has held various management positions at Hewlett-Packard (Switzerland), NeXT Computer (France), Wolters Kluwer (the Netherlands) and was founder of Software Direct (France).
Mr. Sickinghe is a Dutch citizen.

P.A.M. (Peter) van Bommel (1957)

Mr Van Bommel was (re)appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board on April 13, 2016 and his current (second) term expires in 2020. He is chair of the Audit Committee.

Mr Van Bommel is currently member of the board of management and CFO of ASM International N.V., which is a world-wide operating supplier of semiconductor process equipment and, as part of that position, also a non-executive director of ASM PT (Hong Kong). Mr Van Bommel is also member of the Supervisory Board of Neways Electronics International N.V. Before his appointment as CFO at ASMI, Mr Van Bommel was CFO at Odersun (a start-up company in the solar industry), CFO at NXP and CFO at various divisions of Phillips. Mr Van Bommel is a Dutch citizen.

C.J. (Carlos) García Moreno Elizondo (1957)

Mr García Moreno Elizondo was (re)appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board on April 12, 2017 and his current (second) term ends in 2021. He is a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr García Moreno Elizondo is currently Chief Financial Officer of América Móvil. Mr García Moreno Elizondo holds several supervisory and advisory positions, including those of Banco Inbursa and Nacional Financiera. Prior to joining América Móvil, Mr García Moreno Elizondo held amongst other positions at the Mexican Ministry of Finance as the Director General of Public Credit and at the Swiss bank Corporation Warburg as executive director and managing director. Mr García Moreno Elizondo is a Mexican citizen.

D.J. (Derk) Haank (1953)

Mr. Haank was (re)appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board on April 12, 2017 and is currently vice-chairman. His current (third) term of office ends in 2021. He is the chairman of the Strategy & Organization Committee.

Mr. Haank is currently CEO of SpringerNature. He is a member of the Supervisory Council of the Dutch broadcast association AvroTros. Before his appointment at Springer, Mr. Haank was the CEO of Elsevier Science and Executive Board Member of Reed Elsevier PLC.
Mr. Haank is a Dutch citizen.

C.J.G. (Claudia) Zuiderwijk (1962)

Ms. Zuiderwijk was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board on April 9, 2014, and her current (first) term of office ends in 2018. She is a member of the Strategy & Organization Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.

Ms. Zuiderwijk is chair of the Board of Management of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is a member of the Supervisory Boards of APG and member of the Board of Publiq. Between 1993 and 2003, Ms. Zuiderwijk worked at PinkRoccade, occupying various management posts. Thereafter, Ms. Zuiderwijk was chair of the board of the Hilversum hospital and - following the merger with the Gooi Noord hospital - chair of the board of the Tergooi hospitals. Ms. Zuiderwijk was also a member of the Innovation Platform of the Dutch government (April 2007-May 2010) and a member of the Care Innovation Platform of the Dutch Ministry of Health (April 2008 - May 2010). Ms. Zuiderwijk is a Dutch citizen.

P.F. (Peter) Hartman (1949)

Mr. Hartman was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board on April 15, 2015. His current (first) term of office ends in 2019. Mr. Hartman is chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and the Strategy & Organization Committee.

Since 2013, Mr. Hartman has been vice-chair of the Supervisory Board of Air France/KLM Group. Before that, he spent 40 years working for KLM, the last seven of those as CEO. He is a member of the Supervisory Boards of Fokker Technologies Group and Koninklijke Ten Cate, a non-executive director of Constellium and a member of the Supervisory Board of Wageningen UR.

In addition, Mr. Hartman is chair of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) and a member of the Advisory Boards of Space Expedition Corporation and the Nederlands Lucht- en Ruimtevaartfonds (Dutch Aviation and Space Travel Foundation). Mr. Hartman is a Dutch citizen.

Jolande C.M. Sap (1963)

Ms. Sap was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board on April 15, 2015. Her current (first) term of office ends in 2019. Ms. Sap is a member of the Audit Committee.

Ms Sap dedicates herself to making the business world and society at large more sustainable. She occupies several supervisory and other functions, including chairing the Supervisory Boards of the GGZ affiliate Arkin, the Netherlands Public Health Federation and Fairfood International. In addition, she is a partner at Camunico, a consultancy in the field of sustainable management.

Between 2008 and 2012, Ms Sap represented the Dutch Green Party, GroenLinks, in the lower house of the Dutch parliament, during the last two years of which she was party leader. Before that she worked as an economist in the fields of science, policy and business. She was, among other things, head of the Incomes Policy department at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, and director of the LEEFtijd center of expertise, a consultancy for sustainable employment issues. Ms Sap is a Dutch citizen.